If someone had granted me the gift of creating the most beautiful day in Scotland possible, I wouldn't have done as good a job as Mother Nature did when I visited the Isle of Skye. My husband and I were visiting Scotland with two of our dearest friends. The first leg of the trip, we rented Highland Apartments by Mansley in Inverness. From there we were able to drive to a few spots in the Scottish Highlands, the Isle of Skye being one of them!
Our first find along the way was in Strathcarron, where we stopped for a mid-morning snack. There, next to Loch Carron, was the cutest little restaurant which served delicious house-made muffins and scones, and tea, along with full meal items and Scotch, of course. After enjoying a bite, we returned to the car and traveled up to the Isle of Skye. Upon arrival, the sky completely cleared and the sun came out full force. It was absolutely the loveliest weather.
Our adventure took us to a castle ruin, a field of sheep (ok. that's pretty much everywhere.), through some of the most darling villages, and down incredibly narrow roads. And in case you're wondering, the traffic was two way! Polite driving is a must, especially when meeting a large tourbus coming from the opposite direction!
We were enjoying our adventure so much, we forgot to think about food until all of us were peckish. Luckily, we stumbled upon a little market, and picked up some hummus, fresh veggies, crackers, water and fruit. With weather like we were having, we didn't mind enjoying a car picnic!
On our way back, we had a little mishap with the car, and needed to be towed. (Side note: It is always a good idea to pay the extra $6 per day for roadside assistance insurance.) Long story short, we and our rental car took rides on/in two different flatbed trucks, and that was an adventure in itself! I have said over and over, the people of Scotland are kind as the Summer day is long! The second tow truck driver we had, Angus, even stopped along the way so we could have a few photos in front of Eilean Donan Castle. By then the sky had become quite moody and dramatic. In other words... Perfect!
Although we had a bit of misfortune with the rental car, we kept our sense of humor and ended up laughing most of the rest of the night. It was a really long day, filled with memory making adventures. Of course, this view from our apartment was a lovely way to the evening regardless.